WATERVILLE, Maine – Sophomore Kyla Floresca (West Memphis, Ark.) was one of five Camels to find the back of the net as part of a balanced attack to help lead the No. 8 Connecticut College women's ice hockey team to a 5-2 victory over Colby on Friday evening at Alfond Arena.
The Camels got on the board in the blink of an eye at the start of each of the opening two periods. Senior Lily Connolly (Duxbury, Mass.) opened the scoring just 1:21 into the game by finishing passes from Floresca and junior Elena Gualtieri (Rome, N.Y.) before Floresca doubled the margin with an unassisted tally at the 1:25 mark of the second.
Connecticut College (13-3-3, NESCAC 8-1-2) appeared to be in cruise control when freshman Erin Dillon (Hazlet, N.J.) fed sophomore Lauren Helm (Frisco, Texas) midway through the second period, but the Mules stormed back to slash the margin down to a single goal. Tess Dupre found the back of the net at 17:27, and Mikayla McLaughlin got another past Camel junior netminder Bailey Mertz (Glenville, N.Y.) just 1:03 later.
The Camels, however, quickly took away Colby's momentum when sophomore Kylie Wilkes (Howlett, N.J.) took passes from Dilllon and Helm and lit the lamp just 32 seconds after the Mules made it a one-possession game. The visitors, who led 4-2 at the second intermission, then put the game away when Gualtieri scored on an empty net in the waning moments of regulation.
Mertz made 23 saves for Connecticut College, which extended its unbeaten streak against Division III opponents to 11 straight games. Cierra San Roman of Colby (7-9-4, NESCAC 2-7-4) turned away 27 shots in the setback.
Connecticut College and Colby will conclude the two-game weekend series tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m.